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Nancy Neiber - Inducted 2003

Born Jan. 29, 1947 in Pierre. 1965 Pierre HS grad. 1969 Black Hills State grad. The winningest coach in South Dakota State women's basketball history, Neiber turned a struggling program into one of the strongest in the Upper Midwest. Taking over a program that had posted back-to-back 8-17 seasons, she went 301-140 in 16 seasons (1984-85 season through 1999-00). Twice SDSU finished second in the North Central Conference and six times SDSU had 20-win seasons, including two school-record 25-win seasons. Only once did SDSU have a losing season under Neiber. Six times the Jackrabbits advanced to the NCAA Division II North Central Regional, three times reaching the title game. She was named NCC coach of the year in 1988 and 1995 and was North Central Region coach of the year in 1995 as well. In 1974 Neiber was hired as the first girls basketball coach at Mitchell High. In seven seasons as coach at Mitchell, she was 71-73 with three state-tourney appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1977. Neiber was a grad assistant at SDSU and an assistant at Dakota State before becoming head coach at SDSU. When she retired from coaching, she became the senior woman administrator of athletics at SDSU, the first full-time women?s administrator in the history of the university. She is a member of the Pierre High and Black Hills State halls of fame. In 2001, Neiber was presented the Woman of Distinction Award by SDSU. In 2002, she received the South Dakota Girls and Women in Sport Leadership Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

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